A mixed week for the boaties this week with very changeable conditions to contend with, those that have braved the cold have found the fishing very challenging a lot of chopping and changing depths and a lot of different areas visited to try and stay in touch, the numbers of fish caught has been down but that reflects the time of year and also the numbers of boats out there actually fishing but the quality of fish still remains extremely good with odd fish being caught in the 6lb bracket that are in stunning condition.
Top depths vary a lot from 80 feet to 140 feet the top lures have been the Orange and Gold, Green and Yellow Cobras, Black and Gold and Copper Tobies, Traffic light and Spotty Gold in the Kiwi lures.
As always at this time of year chopping and changing the depth you fish at and staying on the move till you find them is the key to success.
The fly fishing has had another good week with a nice bit of rain on the Tuesday night that bought a few fresh fish up the rivers, most of the local rivers have now got good numbers of fish in them and the size of the fish as predicted has been outstanding so far this season, there is not a lot to choose between the rivers at the moment they are all fishing well , it is just a matter of staying on top of the fluctuating conditions as the rivers go low and clear and back to high and pushing through, You need to go prepared for both i.e small nymphs and small indicators with finer tippet and longer leaders as you would fish in summer for the low and clear conditions, and the bigger heavier out fits with glo bugs and heavier bombs for the higher water levels.
The river mouths have had another good week with many fish now starting to congregate waiting for rain with the lower pressure we are having at the moment, once again they are all going well especially to the early birds that are on the water at 5am sharp in the dark and cold, those that are making that effort are getting really well rewarded with some cracking fish coming out this last week, mainly on fast sink shooting heads and white booby.
More intermittent rain forecast this week with lots of low pressure and a real chill in the air should trigger another good weekend so get out there and give it a go, now is the hour!!
Tight lines to all
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